thi 57061.2 Salad Days
Produced by Adrian Belew
Released on February 9, 1999
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K ronomyth 13.0: BELEW CHEESE DRESSING. Salad Days is sort of The Best of Adrian Belew Unplugged, as it collects songs from his last two acoustic albums and sweetens the deal with a few previously unreleased acoustic tracks. In all likelihood you missed those last two acoustic albums (they were released on Adrian’s own label), but if Salad Days is served slightly cold it’s still an appetizing collection. As other critics have pointed out, the acoustic renditions reveal the intrinsic melody and songcraft beneath most of Belew’s music. Songs like “The Lone Rhinoceros,” “The Rail Song” and “Young Lions” benefit by having their original layer of electric guitar gimmickry removed. In the case where the original was already tuneful (“Everything,” “Never Enough,” “Men In Helicopters”), the results rise even higher. While the string quartet treatment of Helicopters is interesting, the real surprise on Salad Days is an acoustic version of “Three of a Perfect Pair” that shows Belew doesn’t need to be amplified to stupefy. The opening seconds of Three literally take the breath away from the audience, and it’s likely they held their breath for the rest of the way. In case you’re thinking that I’m favorably disposed to acoustic interpretations in the first place, I’m not. I tend to see them as a creative copout, and regard the whole MTV Unplugged movement as nothing more than the smarmy progeny of Shindig! For someone as overcaffeinated as Adrian, however, unplugged is a good thing. If you’re leaning toward spending some green on an Adrian Belew compilation, Salad Days seems to be the way to go.

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE LONE RHINOCEROS
  2. MEN IN HELICOPTERS
  3. THE RAIL SONG
  4. EVERYTHING
  5. THREE OF A PERFECT PAIR (LIVE IN ARGENTINA)    (King Crimson)
  6. RETURN OF THE CHICKEN
  7. NEVER ENOUGH
  8. THE MAN IN THE MOON
  9. I REMEMBER HOW TO FORGET
  10. BAD DAYS
  11. FLY (LIVE IN ARGENTINA)
  12. YOUNG LIONS
  13. THINGS YOU HIT WITH A STICK
  14. CAGE    (King Crimson)
  15. DINOSAUR    (King Crimson)
  16. ONE OF THOSE DAYS

    All songs written by Adrian Belew unless noted

CREDITS

ADRIAN BELEW -- all instruments and vocals, string arrangement
David Angell -- second violin (2)
John Catchings -- cello (2)
David Davidson -- first violin (2)
Kristin Wilkinson -- viola, string arrangement (2)
Ken Latchney -- engineer
Noah Evens -- engineer (1,3,8)
Dina White for White Space NTC-- design
Cynthia Fetty -- additional design and emotional support
Rob Ascroft -- cover photo

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US February 9, 1999 Thirsty Ear CD thi 57061.2  

 

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